Ski Resorts in Chile
There is a long list of places to Ski in Chile. Best equiped in the Central Zone are: Portillo, La Parva, El Colorado/Farellones, Valle Nevado, and Termas de Chillán. All this Ski Resorts maintain their slopes (ski runs), offers Ski Classes and Ski Rental equipment. Portillo, Valle Nevado and El Colorado have artificial snow-maker machines.
Heading south we can find Ski Resorts such as: Valle de Corralco Hotel & Spa, Chapa Verde, Pucón and Antillanca, mid-quality categorized, with fewer ski-lifts and services as the Central Zone Resorts. Lagunillas, Antuco, Lonquimay, Llaima, El Fraile and Cerro Mirador Resorts have fewer infrastructure and ski-lifts. Their slopes (ski runs) are for rookies, but experts can always find a great spot to practice off-the-runs skiing.
Ski Resort near Santiago de Chile
Portillo is located 92 miles from Santiago, in the same road that leads to Mendoza, crossing The Andes Valley. Portillo is one of the most famous Ski Resorts and the only that has been host of the Ski World Cup in South America. In its runs was beaten the Speed World Record. With a outstanding environment, surrounded by high Andean picks, Portillo is palced in front of Del Inca Lagoon, characterized for dust-snow in winter and spring.
This center is located 27 miles from Santiago, by the Farellones road, and was inaugurated in 1988. Its three hotels have a lodging capacity for 800 people (there are not refuges), it also possesses complete equipments that turns it into the biggest Ski Resort in Chile. Ski June, July, August, September and October 2006. Just 35 miles from Santiago's International airport.
El Colorado Ski Center (2,430 - 3,333 mts above sea level / 7,970 - 10,930 ft above sea level) is formed of two interconnected villages, each one with hotels and refuges. Next to La Parva and Valle Nevado, the major and best Ski surface in South America. Due to its location close to the city of Santiago, services offered, convenience and ski slopes, has been transformed in the ideal center to the practice of white sport for families and young people during each winter season.
La Parva is located in a very beautiful area, at 38 kms (23.6 mi) from Santiago. La Parva has a beautiful view to the valley of Santiago and it is the winter center with major population, due to the great variety of refuges and private apartments, which are rented during the ski season. The snowboard practice and the heliski are implemented for those who enjoy these activities.
Ski Resorts in the Southern Area of Chile
Corralco is the newest ski centre in Chile, and it offers new alternatives when it comes to ski and snowboarding for Chileans and tourists from another countries. The centre has two hundred hectares, with tracks for beginners and experts, with the best snow in the area and in the middle of a simply wonderful scenery.
This ski resort is Chile's most complete Ski and Spa center, features an assortment of 28 meticulously groomed runs. Unmatched snow conditions; and pristine native forests with South America's longest run of 13 kilometers (8 miles). For an incomparable cross-country experience, Termas de Chillán has a professionally groomed Nordic trail system. In the magnificent Southern Andes Mountains in Chile, on the slopes of majestic Chillán volcano, the resort offers spectacular ski terrain and breathtaking views, ideal for skiers, snowboarders, dogsledding and Randonée enthusiasts.
Ski Pucón Chile, located at 20 minutes from the town of Pucón, has a very good infraestructure for the practice of this sport, with specific facilities for the organization of the most important international competitions. Pucón is one of the destinations with the major variety of tourist attractions in Chile.
Antillanca ski center is located 80 kilometers (49,7 miles) from Osorno, between Rupanco and Puyehue lakes. Antillanca counts with very good tracks and excellent ski during the winter season (June to October). This winter center is characterized to have the best conditions ski outside tracks and emphasizes by its slopes and cornices.
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